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Good diagnosis technique papillary cancer? Http://thyroid.About.Com/od/cancergoiternodules/a/veracyte-afirma-thyroid-analysis-nodules.Htm"

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Dr. Andrew Alexander
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Start w/the basics

A better question is: how do you diagnose a thyroid mass? Since 99% of thyroid masses are benign, you wouldn't start out by looking for one type of tumor. Feel the neck and observe for multiple lumps.
Go to an ultrasound to check out the fluicd content (suggesting cysts). If it appears to be a solid mass, go for either a nuclear scan or a needle biopsy. Open biopsy or surgery comes last.

In brief: Start w/the basics

A better question is: how do you diagnose a thyroid mass? Since 99% of thyroid masses are benign, you wouldn't start out by looking for one type of tumor. Feel the neck and observe for multiple lumps.
Go to an ultrasound to check out the fluicd content (suggesting cysts). If it appears to be a solid mass, go for either a nuclear scan or a needle biopsy. Open biopsy or surgery comes last.
Dr. Andrew Alexander
Dr. Andrew Alexander
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Dr. Jennie Law
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: For some ppl

The science behind veracyte seems reasonable- they r using cytogenetics to further characterize cases that are 'indeterminate' by pathology alone (trying to reduce the number of ppl who undergo surgery for indeterminate biopsy results).
As long as their pathologists are good and not more likely to call cases indeterminate just to do more cytogenetics, it should be reasonable.

In brief: For some ppl

The science behind veracyte seems reasonable- they r using cytogenetics to further characterize cases that are 'indeterminate' by pathology alone (trying to reduce the number of ppl who undergo surgery for indeterminate biopsy results).
As long as their pathologists are good and not more likely to call cases indeterminate just to do more cytogenetics, it should be reasonable.
Dr. Jennie Law
Dr. Jennie Law
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Workout

If you have a nodule that is of concern based on characteristics then a biopsy would be indicated.
This is the only way to make an accurate diagnosis.

In brief: Workout

If you have a nodule that is of concern based on characteristics then a biopsy would be indicated.
This is the only way to make an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Ronald Dreifuss
Dr. Ronald Dreifuss
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